Shipbuilding and deployment

Proven Hulls and
Advanced Technology

Shipbuilding has been Swiftships’ core business since 1942 with over 1000 hulls constructed to our customers worldwide. We offer vessels of up to one hundred meters, made of aluminum, steel, or a combination of both. We are the market leader in efficiency, system integration, and multi-mission military vessels.   

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Shipbuilding, Repair and Maintenance Services

We offer services from end-to-end shipbuilding and delivery, to building structural components, technical and warranty support, integrated logistics, repair and maintenance management. Our services also include:

  • Ship design and engineering
  • Naval ship fabrication, structures and components
  • Ship hulls and structural components
  • Unmanned (Autonomy) solutions integration
  • Weapons and sensors integration
  • Configuration management and engineering
  • Ship repair and maintenance services
Client Support Services

• Quality Assurance (QA) SME support
• Specialized class-room training
• Integrated Logistics Support (ILS)

Swiftships builds long-term, mutually beneficial, and sustainable relationships. Swiftships offers expansive warranty package of support services that benefits our clients at their own location. Our warranty services ensure effective quality maintenance, operation, and technical support. Through comprehensive technical and hands-on training practices and personalized attention, Swiftships helps its military and commercial clients to reduce their future spending.

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KITS fabrication

Swiftships’ flexibility in developing programs to meet customer requirements is exemplified in our hybrid solutions in manufacturing ships. In this scenario, ships are manufactured as kits in one of our facilities, and shipped to the client’s location for assembly and certification. This option delivers several advantages to our clients:

  • Use of proven existing and certified designs
  • Leverage our supply chain for reduced material cost
  • Production of equipment with the same processes we use for in-house construction
  • Reduction of labor costs
  • Provide the client with access to technical designs
  • Build local capabilities by learning how to manufacture with the same standards as our own facilities
  • Save the client Non Recurring Costs (NRC) for acquiring production tools
  • Save the client recurring operational costs for larger than needed production facilities  
ship deployment and delivery

Delivering ships from our production yards to the customer can be accomplished mainly in two ways:

  • The ship sails on its own power to the destination
  • The ship is loaded on a larger ship as cargo and delivered to a destination port

Either way Swiftships provides assistance to its clients with international logistics requirements, including export licenses as required by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and transportation.

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How can we work together?

Swiftships has equal experience working both sales methods: Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) and Foreign Military Sales (FMS). Each of them has it’s own advantages and we invite you to contact us to discuss which method suits your particular case best.

Direct Commercial Sales

Swiftships has comprehensive experience with military clients using Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) while adhering to U.S. State Department (DOS) program requirements. We establish those contracts by working directly with the end client to set requirements and submit final documents to DOS for the required licenses.

Foreign Military Sales

Foreign Military Sales (FMS) is growing and popular method for selling defense systems abroad. We have sold over 300 vessels through FMS as we offer numerous benefits to our clients, including the ability to reach a broader base of local shipyards, reduce the risk inherent in international sales, facilitation, and planning. 

Our Support in DCS

We obtain industry allowance for sale of weapons and other defense articles, defense services and military training to its foreign clients from the Bureau of Political Military Affairs’ Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). Swiftship fulfills the rules and regulations of:

  • The Arms Control Export Act and
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
  • Military Critical Technologies List

We are expert in dealing with complex processes and changes:

  • Every year Congress requires the U.S. State Department to prepare a “Section 655” report on military assistance, exports, and imports under the Foreign Assistance Act. Swiftships contributes to this with its own reports detailing the end-use of the controlled U.S. weapons systems it has sold and exported.
  • Our relationship with Non-Foreign Military Sales (FMS) trade partners, such as MBDA, OTO Melara, and DRS Technology, allows us to be a leader in Arms and Integration under Direct Commercial Sales (DCS).
FMS Benefits

Broad Market Access
The FMS system makes every allied nation a potential customer by including the U.S. companies’ products in the standardized catalog for international sale.

Risk Reduction
FMS reduces the risk involved in working with foreign customers since an FMS sale is effectively a sale to the USG, not to the end-user.

Facilities Planning
FMS orders have generous lead times from concept to delivery, allowing plenty of time for planning and production.

Reduced Administrative Burden
All international logistics requirements, including export licenses and transportation, are managed by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

Frequently Asked Questions?

Is FMS more expensive than DCS?
Yes. In most cases it is not possible to compare FMS and DCS costs directly, but under the FMS program the U.S. Government charges an administrative fee, whereas in DCS there is no associated fee.

Is DCS delivery guaranteed?
Yes, as the client can force the builder to provide a performance bond.

Did You Know?

Who can participate in the FMS program?

The President designates countries and international organizations eligible to participate in the FMS program. The Department of State makes recommendations and approves individual programs on a case-by-case basis. Currently, around 160 countries are eligible to participate in FMS.

What Are Some Other differences Between FMS and DCS?

Under FMS, the Department of Defense (DoD) procures defense articles and services for the foreign customer using the same acquisition process used to procure its own military needs. Recent policy changes in the U.S. Government’s Federal Acquisition. Regulations have opened the door, allowing foreign governments to participate in FMS procurement negotiations.

In general, the government-to-government purchase agreements tend to ensure standardization with U.S. forces, provide contract administrative services that may not be available through the private sector, and help lower unit costs by consolidating purchases for FMS customers with those of DoD. DCS allows the foreign customer more direct involvement during the contract negotiation phase and may allow firm-fixed pricing.

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